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The 10 best restaurants in Chinatown, Manchester

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Centred around five streets in the city centre, Manchester’s Chinatown is a compact but lively neighbourhood with plenty of excitement for food lovers.

Head there to snack on honey buns from a Chinese bakery, slurp up bubble tea, or restock your cupboards with hard-to-find ingredients from one of the supermarkets. And if you manage to leave without being tempted into one of the many good restaurants in the area, you’ve more will power than we have. This list brings together ten of Manchester Chinatown’s best restaurants, and includes Thai, Vietnamese and Japanese options, as well as Chinese.

For more Chinatown recommendations, including cafes, hotels, tattoo parlours and bars, take a look at our Chinatown neighbourhood guide.

 

 

  • The roasted meats at Happy Seasons - one of the 10 best restaurants in Chinatown, Manchester
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Happy Seasons

    Restaurant - Chinese

    If you need a culinary lift to the spirits, the triple roasted meats at Happy Seasons in Chinatown will do the trick. This trio of char siu, crispy belly pork and roasted duck, served over egg fried rice, is one of the reasons you see queues out of the door at this Cantonese restaurant.

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  • The exterior of the Little Yang Sing, an acclaimed restaurant in Manchester's Chinatown.
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Little Yang Sing

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Cantonese and contemporary, with a relaxed feel and lots of reds and golds tucked away downstairs in otherwise bustling Chinatown, Little Yang Sing is also dim sum-tastic and has plenty more besides, including much for the plant-based palate along with a proper wine list.

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  • Manchester Chinese Restaurant
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Manchester Chinese Restaurant

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Manchester Chinese Restaurant has a name that states the obvious but other than that, doesn’t give much away. Perhaps it’s keeping its thousand year old egg dish and the extra helpings of jellyfish a secret for fear of upsetting the punters.

    There’s no need. Manchester Chinese Restaurant has a menu to keep both the sensation-hunters and the play-it-safers perfectly happy. After all, China is a big country and the restaurant aims to reflect all of its culinary heritage.

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  • Mei Dim Chinese Restaurant China Town Manchester
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Mei Dim

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Mei Dim by name, dim sum by nature. If it’s the Cantonese version of small plates you’re after, look no further than this basement Chinatown establishment, where bite-sized brunch or lunch dishes in the form of dumplings and buns are proclaimed the best in Manchester.

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  • Dim sum at Only Yu in Chinatown Manchester
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Only Yu

    Restaurant - Chinese

    This 2023 addition to George Street has already secured a place as one of the most popular restaurants in Chinatown. Spread across two floors, Only Yu is lively even at lunchtime, thanks to friendly service and well-executed Chinese food.

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  • An example of the dishes at Pho Cue restaurant in Manchester China Town
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Pho Cue

    Restaurant - Vietnamese

    “The food speaks for itself,” says Cue Tran, owner of the Pho Cue Vietnamese kitchen, whose aim is to take the authentic street food dishes of his home country and give them a modern “Instagrammable” twist while retaining their flavour, freshness and family traditions.

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  • Crispy prawns from Red Chilli Chinese restaurant, Manchester
    Manchester City Centre

    Red Chilli Manchester Portland St

    Restaurant - Chinese

    Originally a Sichuan restaurant when it first opened at the turn of the century, Red Chilli on Manchester’s Portland Street has expanded its repertoire to offer Cantonese and Beijing-style dishes too.

    It’s a good place for a celebration – Red Chilli is a bit plush and has some pedigree as well as a cracking wine list.

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  • Menu selection at Teppenyaki Chinatown Manchester
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Teppanyaki Chinatown

    Restaurant - Japanese

    One of the longest-standing Japanese restaurants in Manchester, if not the North West, is Teppanyaki Chinatown. It’s been here since 1987 and was probably many Mancunian’s first experience of the Teppanyaki way of cooking – where the chef cooks your food in front of you on a hot iron griddle, so that the sounds and aromas of the sizzling ingredients are as much a part of the experience as the taste.

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  • Try Thai in Manchester's Chinatown at night
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Try Thai

    Restaurant - Thai

    Up some steps and through a doorway flanked by two statuettes making the wai, and you’re welcomed into Try Thai, strong on liveliness, bright colours and cocktails, and the punchy flavours of Thailand, smack bang in the centre of Manchester’s Chinatown.

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  • A dish served at Yuzu, a Confidential Guides' recommended Japanese restaurant in Manchester's China Town
    Chinatown (Manchester)

    Yuzu

    Restaurant - Japanese

    Yuzu is a neighbourhood-style Japanese restaurant offering refreshingly uncomplicated dishes served in Zen-like surroundings. You won’t find a conveyor belt of sushi here, but something altogether more traditional, such as spanking fresh sashimi.

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